Updated: September 10, 2021 4:33:08 am
LAND FILLING work at the excavated site for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya is almost complete, and the project is progressing as per schedule with the temple expected to be open for public by December 2023.
“A review meeting on the construction of the temple in Ayodhya was held on August 27-29, where it was noted that the construction work is proceeding as per schedule and the plan to enable devotees to have darshan of Lord Shri Ram by the year 2023 seems within reach,” an official involved with the construction of the temple said.
The review meeting was attended by Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust treasurer Swami Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj; Trust general secretary Champat Rai; and Trust members Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra and Dr Anil Mishra. Construction Committee chairman Nripendra Misra and officials of Tata Consulting Engineers and Larsen & Toubro were also present among others at the meeting.
“The work of filling the excavated site is nearly complete in record time. The cooperation from the district authorities and state government was critical in procurement of specified raw material,” the official said.
To ensure longevity of the structure, which will be built entirely of stone, the construction team after soil testing had decided to dig 12 m deep to build a foundation. Subsequently, the 18,500 sqmt site of the foundation was filled with “engineered fill” (roller compact concrete) as per the specifications of the Expert Committee.
“The total volume of engineered fill is approximately 44.5 lakh cubic feet. The periphery is being filled with high-quality soil,” another official said.
Sources said a thorough structural analysis of the temple to be built has been done against earthquakes. “Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, evolved the final design after a computerised simulation for any earthquake track of 2,500 years,” the official said.
A raft of 5-foot thickness will be laid over the engineered fill, sources said. Design and drawing works have been completed and about 3 lakh cubic feet of concrete will be used in the raft, they said.
“The raft work will start soon and is likely to be completed by October 2021. The plinth is to be constructed over the raft. The height of the plinth will be 16 feet. It has been decided to use Mirzapur stone in the plinth of the temple. For water proofing of the plinth, three layers of granite stone will be applied around the plinth,” the official said.
Sources said a preliminary masterplan for the entire campus outside Parkota has been prepared. It includes pilgrimage facilitation centre, museum, archives, research Centre, auditorium, Gaushala, Yagya Shaala and administrative building. The masterplan has a special focus on conservation and development of heritage structures such as Kuber Tila and Sita Koop, they said.